SriLankan marks World Environment Day with "flygreen"



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National Carrier, SriLankan Airlines launched its Voluntary Carbon Offset programme,"flygreen" coinciding with the World Environment day, recently. The official Environment Day event was held at Airline Centre, Katunayake with the participation of the staff members and students from nearby schools.


Implemented under the "Planet-friendly SriLankan" initiative in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), this allows SriLankan passengers to neutralize their individual carbon footprints by purchasing carbon credits. "flygreen" programme will be monitored by IATA, and its proceeds will be invested on a local conservation project, offering the environmentally conscious passengers the opportunity to contribute to the Airline’s sustainable practices.


Addressing the gathering, SriLankan’s Head of Human Resources and Convener of the Green task team, Pradeepa Kekulawala said, "SriLankan Airlines has been steering many planet-friendly initiatives to contribute to the reduction of the industry’s carbon footprint. In today’s context, aviation accounts for 3% off the total carbon emissions. With the increase in demand for air travel, aviation industry will keep expanding, hence, it is the responsibility of the stakeholders to revoke the repercussions of carbon emissions as a damage control measure."


Commenting on the Airlines’s environment initiatives, he added, "SriLankan Airlines have launched many pioneering initiatives in Asian region; for instance the "Planet friendly Flights" campaign in 2009 and Asia’s first "SOLAtube" lighting installation in 2013. Further SriLankan have secured consecutive energy awards in 2012 and 2013 at the national energy awards as well."


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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